Loving Eco-Friendly Living
Eco-friendly living isn't as complicated as most might think. It's as simple as this: taking positive steps throughout your daily life to present that love that you have for the environment and the people on this earth.
Our days are filled with busy schedules, bouncing back and forth between work, school, activities/hobbies, and all of the other crazy things that come along with life. However, sometimes we forget to just take a breather and look at one of the bigger pictures: How am I ensuring that I am doing what I can to protect the environment, me, and the people around me?
Here are some eco-friendly living tips:
Power of the Freezer
Let's talk about steps to reduce the amount of food waste we most likely encounter with most meals. There are ways to keep some food fresher longer, saving money and giving back to the true cost of what it took to create that produce. A few items that are easy to freeze are: bread, bagels, strawberries and blueberries, beans, broccoli, to name a few. Bread and fruits, such as strawberries, are known to go bad rather quickly and mold, but when you freeze them, they tend to last much longer.
It can be as easy as taking a reusable bag to your local grocery store or farmer's market, instead of using a plastic one. A reusable bag could be a simple tote or an old backpack that is rarely ever used anymore. Plastic is one of the biggest negative impacting materials around, as it does not break down. The best way to look at the involvement of plastic on today's world is that every single piece of plastic you have ever used in your life time is still somewhere on the earth today; most likely, it has already made its way into the ocean. Invest in a tote that can become your everyday grocery shopping bag.
Natural Heating of the Sun
Depending on the kind of climate you live in, or what the season is currently, try drying your clothes outside on a hanging rack/line, as opposed to using your dryer. Now, if it is the dead of winter with cold temperatures and beautiful snow coming down, this would not be a reasonable option. But during those glorious warm and sunny spring, summer, and autumn days, why not put your wet clothes outside to dry? Not only does it save on energy consumption, but you're also saving the quality of your clothing. The dryer can be very harsh on our clothes, and many times cause holes and tears much quicker than we would expect. This, in turn, can make us realize the value of our clothing and that we don't just want to go through it quickly. We should cherish the clothes that we have by taking good care of them and strive to not create excess damage to the pieces we already own, which will lead to less clothing waste.
Otherwise known as, being more aware of where we purchase our clothes. Buying fair trade, ethically-made and organic has become much easier with the creation and continuing development of the internet and online shopping, but can still be hard when going to the mall and not knowing what a fashion store's supply chain entails. Before you go shopping, try doing some research to see if there are any reviews on the store's supply chain that you are most interested in.
No one is perfect and things happen in life. These are only a few suggestions to take into consideration and see if they work for you. They might not and that's okay. This post is only here to hopefully show that there are easy ways to take steps to becoming eco-friendly with your everyday routines. Find what works best for you and what you consider to be your positive push to love on this earth.